Historic for Greece: for the first time, that European country has two tennis players in the Top 10 of the world rankings. Maria Sakkari settled into the elite after being a finalist in Ostrava and is No. 10 in the WTA, while her friend Stefanos Tsitsipas, champion of the Laver Cup in Boston, continues to be No. 3 in the ATP.
At 26, Sakkari, the owner of a singles title, is enjoying herself like never before in her professional career. For the first time, he climbed so much in the Grand Slam, being in 2021 a semifinalist at Roland Garros and the US Open. What’s more: she had a match point against the Czech Barbora Krejcikova in Paris, then her executioner was the winner of that Major.
It had already been warning these seasons, but now it was completely uncovered. This year, Sakkari has already won seven victories over Top 10 rivals, most recently last week in Ostrava, in the semifinals, against Pole Iga Swiatek, the 2020 winner of Roland Garros, before falling in the final against Estonian Anett Kontaveit .
Thus, on Monday she became the first player from her country to get into the top 10 of the WTA rankings. And he joined Tsitsipas, 23, already installed in the ATP elite.
In fact, Tsitsipas, champion of the Laver Cup with Europe, is on the podium of the men’s ranking, only behind Serbian Novak Djokovic and Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Both Greeks have a great friendship and shared the field in the Hopman Cup. They are the only Greeks in the Top 10 of international tennis, in this case one in each individual branch.